"There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so."
- William Shakespeare

What the heck is Life Coaching?

Coaching is simply about helping you live your most fulfilled life. It's about waking up in the morning and being excited & energized about getting out of bed. And on the days when you don't, knowing that you have a compass to guide you back to the life that you want.

"I'm not into all this touchy feely stuff, why would I care about coaching?"

There are many aspects to Life and Executive Coaching. Coaching can be very goal oriented and centered around moving up in your career, starting your own business, making more money, losing weight, balancing work/life, being a better parent, the possibilities are endless. As humans, one part of our life does not exist in a vacuum. Instead, our work life affects our attitude at home, our relationships affect our progress at work. Coaching deals with the whole person, and the whole life. It will help you identify your values, goals, and guide & encourage you to pursue any aspiration you have.

Where do I find a coach?

You may find a coach by googling, asking friends or coworkers, or going to the International Coach Federation web site and entering in your criteria for what you are specifically looking for. When a coach is certified, they will have credentials and you will know they have the training to guide you. Do your research, interview coaches, and get free sample sessions to make sure you and your coach have chemistry.

Does it have to be in person?

No. Coaching can be done over the phone or even via skype. A good coach will pick up on verbal cues and be paying attention; will articulate more and pick up on other cues to understand what is not being said.

Is this going to make me broke?

Coaching is a new industry and there is no standardized "pricing", per se. Many coaches work on a sliding scale and can work with you. Obviously, more experienced and credentialed coaches will charge more. A Master Certified Coach has more than 1000 hours of paid coaching and might charge a corporation $400 an hour. However, that same coach may take on a number of pro bono cases in his/her practice so it is always a good idea to ask! Don't shut it down because of money, because, what wouldn't you give to live your most fulfilled life?

How long does it take?

The coaching is about the client, so the client should be setting this. Typically, the relationship could have about 2 hours a month spent in person or on the phone. Many people choose, 4 30 minutes sessions once a week to keep them on track and help with accountability. However, another client might choose 1 hour, every other week because of scheduling. And another might do 3, 45 minute sessions because they might vacation or travel one week out of the month.

Remember though, much of the work happens, in between the sessions! That means, what you put into coaching, is what you get out of coaching!

What is the difference between coaching and therapy?

According to the International Coach Federation "Coaching can be distinguished from therapy in a number of ways. First, coaching is a profession that supports personal and professional growth and development based on individual-initiated change in pursuit of specific actionable outcomes. These outcomes are linked to personal or professional success. Coaching is forward moving and future focused. Therapy, on the other hand, deals with healing pain, dysfunction and conflict within an individual or a relationship between two or more individuals. The focus is often on resolving difficulties arising from the past which hamper an individual's emotional functioning in the present, improving overall psychological functioning, and dealing with present life and work circumstances in more emotionally healthy ways. Therapy outcomes often include improved emotional/feeling states. While positive feelings/emotions may be a natural outcome of coaching, the primary focus is on creating actionable strategies for achieving specific goals in one's work or personal life. The emphasis in a coaching relationship is on action, accountability and follow through."

What are the different kinds of coaching?

There are all different types and styles of coaching. What is important is that you find the right coach for you.

What makes some clients feel comfortable is to find a coach that has a niche in the particular area, such as divorce, parent coaching, etc. However, a CoActive Coach will not need to be specialized as they are helping you find the answers already within yourself.

With Coactive coaching, the coach follows the client. Meaning it is the about the clients agenda. It's about you

What do CPCC credentials mean?

Certified Professional CoActive Coach. This means I have not only passed the International Coach Federation exam requirements, I have also undergone a rigorous program to become a CoActive Coach with CTI, a company that the ICF based their credentials on.

I have a mentor, what's the difference?

Typically a mentor is a relationship where an experienced person guides an inexperienced person in a specific area of expertise and shares their knowledge. With coaching, the story begins with you. This is about your agenda, not mine. Where you've been, where you are going, with intention. As a CoActive coach we start with where you are Now.